Right Turn: A user’s guide to debunking health goop

Author: Stacey Johnson, 10/06/17

Do you recognize the name Timothy Caulfield? How about if I tell you that he took on Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop empire in his popular 2015 book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

Caulfield is a professor of health law and science policy at the University of Alberta who has made it his mission to educate the public about legal and ethical issues in medical research and, in his second book, he expands his mandate to include debunking health and beauty advice peddled by celebrities – in this case Paltrow. Despite being on the short list and then winning the 2015 Science in Society General Book Award from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association (now the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada), Caulfield is not resting on his laurels. He’s back exposing the truth.

He now has a TV series called “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death” that is being broadcast on Vision TV and launched in September. This six-part series airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. EDT. In the same vein as his popular book, Caulfield is examining controversial – dare I say dubious – health trends that popular culture and social media have helped to promote, with his focus being the $10 billion anti-aging industry. Caulfield helps the viewer separate fact from fiction, with the help of scientists and experts, including some who will be familiar to the regenerative medicine community. Too bad Harry Styles never met Tim Caulfield.

For those of you who know Caulfield, he closely follows the stem cell field and is an outspoken critic of stem cell tourism and science hype. Not surprisingly, the episode airing on October 23 is titled “Scienceploitation” and talks about stem cells. Be sure to tune in! I know I will.

Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at)ccrm.ca. We encourage you to be creative and use the right (!) side of your brain. We dare you to make us laugh! Right Turn features cartoons, photos, videos and other content to amuse, educate and encourage discussion.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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